Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach

2015.04.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Cottingham, Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 192pp., $27.99 (pbk),
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2015.04.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Cottingham, Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 192pp., $27.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107695184. Reviewed by Graham Oppy, Monash University John Cottingham is critical of 'standard' approaches to philosophy of religion. In his view, they pay too much attention to intellectual arguments about the nature and existence of God (9). More generally, in his view, those approaches aspire to properly scientific ideals of 'neutrality' (3), 'impersonality' (4), and 'detachment' (5) that are inappropriate as ideals for philosophy of religion. Against the standard approaches, Cottingham aims to develop a more 'humane' model for philosophy of religion: a model that connects the subject more closely with the moral and spiritual sensibilities that shape religious belief (9); a model that does not require philosophers to set aside their personal and emotional commitments. . .

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